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    i got given 3 film cameras

    hi all im new found this forum after watching a youtube vid
    well as i say i was given 3 film slr cameras
    pentax p30T
    canon ESO 1000f
    minolta x700

    iv always thought about using film but the speed of "other" camera tech was always the draw

    but after my "other" gave up the job i turnd to my film cameras
    and plus i found the cost of a equivalent to a film camera WAY to pricey even used

    so i have started to use my old film cameras and i must say the tones and detail is amazing

    im a beginner really still mucking up alot
    the two photos was taken freehand with the pentax i have a tripod now
    a cullmann 2921 also given to me
    always looking for advice
    oh and i live in the uk wales "but im not welsh"
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    welcome

    if you want fast results, POLAROID, the impossible project

    use the minolta, it will grow on you

    this page will get you started http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...s/minoltax700/

    this one has more http://www.kenrockwell.com/minolta/700.htm

    and even more, the rokkor files http://www.rokkorfiles.com/X-700.html

    the manual http://ca.konicaminolta.com/support/...nual-Part1.pdf

    I recently acquired a complete xg-9 kit
    Kodak Duaflex II with kodet lens
    N75 N8008s D60
    Yashica - D
    Only a photographer knows the true value of infinity

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    Good morning, CyberSpider;

    First, welcome to APUG. You will find an interesting collection of knowledgeable people here who share a common passion for film and the cameras that use it. And, APUG is one of the fastest growing special interest groups on the Internet. We are now rapidly approaching 40,000 participants, and it was just early last year that APUG hit 30,000. 10,000 people in one year!

    Second, from me and my particular point of view, congratulations on being the owner of a Minolta X-700. While I do have many Minolta cameras, the X-700 with the MD-1 Motor Drive is a camera that just seems to fit my hand. I like that camera. And, the Minolta X-700 System is a camera system that will allow you do do virtually anything you want do do photographically with film, from microphotography to astrophotography.
    Enjoy;

    Ralph Javins, Latte Land, Washington

    When they ask you; "How many Mega Pixels you got in your camera?"
    just tell them; "I use activated silver bromide crystals tor my image storage media."

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    Howdy, and welcome to APUG. Stick to the manual cameras, and do not rely on the auto functions of any camera. This is a great place to learn, so ask many questions, and reap many answers.

    Rick

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    thank you for the links i cant seem to get the last one to load though

    and Ralph Javins i have been looking for a motordrive but as yet no luck not so easy to find the bits here in the uk
    i have put two rolls of film through the x700 and i must say it dose feel good in the hand

    i need to get other stuff too like a flash im mostly interested in wildlife and landscape photography

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    more

    the last link is for a PDF, for part 2, change 1 for 2 in the link, may need to do a save file as...

    the main page link is http://ca.konicaminolta.com/support/...s/film_mf_slr/

    since the minolta works fine in A mode, it is a great companion for architecture, landscape, and wildlife, lets you control the DOF

    I suggest you sell the canon and pentax to afford the 200x or 280x flash, or some other MINOLTA flash and film....

    ROKKOR lenses are hard to beat, both MC and MD

    The motor winder is not necessary, but is a nice option

    the leader may need to be cut down in height to load properly
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    Kodak Duaflex II with kodet lens
    N75 N8008s D60
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    Only a photographer knows the true value of infinity

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    Hello CyberSpider, I hope you enjoy APUG. A motordrive is nice, but you could live without though.

    Jeff

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    im guessing from all the posts that the minolta is a good camera i have not had the film i took developed yet

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    minolta good

    the x700 was the LAST MANUAL focus minolta

    just got back from art show, had the minolta with 45mm f2, power winder, and flash hanging on the neckstrap for a while, mostly because someone else had their d!g!tal nikon with 18 - 55mm f4.5-5.6 and flash popped up hanging from her neck, the flash didn't go off ever

    I actually used the flash for 2 pictures, then took it off, and proceded to take more pictures, also used the 28mm f2.8

    also used nikon N75 and D60 to take similar images with 50mm f1.8
    Kodak Duaflex II with kodet lens
    N75 N8008s D60
    Yashica - D
    Only a photographer knows the true value of infinity

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    Hey there CS, welcome to APUG - I joined this place about a year and a half ago and feel very much the wiser for it - it's a pretty clever(/rowdy) group and you'll find that reading through countless threads and picking up on particular commentators and opinions is as much enjoyable as it is intellectually fulfilling.

    Firstly I recommend working with what you have - you'll probably be tempted to start picking up seemingly 'essential' pieces to your camera (toy) collection but be warned that you just end up dividing your time and attention from looking through lenses. Anyhow you'll have enough to think about when you start processing film & printing (assuming you don't do so already.)

    Best of luck!!
    -dereck|james|gignac
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